George BARR

Regiment:               King’s Own Scottish Borderers, 5th Btn
                               Formerly Highland Light Infantry, 9th Btn  

Rank & Number:
     2nd Lieutenant (KOSB)
                               Private 3938, 331264 (HLI)  

09 October 1887; Abbey Street, Paisley  

28 June 1944; Royal Infirmary, Glasgow  

                     Brother of John H. Barr

GEORGE BARR was born 09 Oct 1887 at Abbey Street, Paisley, to parents Patrick, a sewing machine company agent, and Janet Fraser Hamilton (who married in Paisley on 17 Sep 1884).  He died on 28 Jun 1944 in the Royal Infirmary, Glasgow (aged 57, thread agents clerk, married to Sarah Kelly, residence 46 Foxbar Drive, Glasgow).  

He married Sarah Kelly in Glasgow in 1921.  

In the 1891 Census, George, aged 3, is living 26 Causeyside Street, Paisley with parents Patrick (41, embroiderer, b. Paisley) and Janet Hamilton (35, embroiderer, b. Paisley), and sister Janet Fraser (5)  

In the 1901 Census, aged 13, he’s a solicitor's office boy, living 2 Union Street, Paisley with parents Patrick (51, embroiderer), mother Jessie Hamilton (45) and siblings Janet (15) and John Hamilton (9)  

By the time of the 1911 Census, he’s aged 23 and a bookkeeper at sewing cotton manufacturers, and is head of household at 5 Allanton Park Terrace, Fairlie, with his widowed mother Janet (62, married 26 years, 3 children), brother John H (19, warehouseman soft goods) and aunt Mary Hamilton (47)    

Embodied into the H.L.I. on 4 Mar 1915, the Largs & Millport Weekly News reported on 24 Aug 1917 that he’d returned from France having been through the Somme and Arras “pushes”.  He was posted candidate for commission on 20 Aug 1917, and commissioned 2nd Lt. King’s Own Scottish Borderers on 18 Apr 1918.  He was hospitalised on 8 Jan 1919, and relinquished his commission because of ill health on 8 Mar 1919.  His will dated 12 May 1917 gives whole of property and effects to his mother, but notes that as mother is a bedridden invalid, property and effects to be held on mother’s behalf by his sister, Miss J.H. Barr.  He received the British War and Victory medals.

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-
20 March 1915           

Roll of Honour: Private George Barr, Allanton Terrace, 9th Highland Light Infantry (Glasgow Highlanders)  

24 August 1917         
Private George Barr, Glasgow Highlanders, returned from France on Monday, having been recommended for a commission.  He will shortly enter an Officers Training Corps.  Private Barr has been through the Somme and Arras “pushes” and was wounded in May last.

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